nygov logoThis page is updated as quickly as possible but may not be as curent as the Governor's Page.  This is intended to focus on the NYS changes that impact the Cortland Fire Department operations and responses.The Executive Orders can be accessed on the NYS website.  Information about Coronavirus and the NYS Hotline can be found by clicking this link.  

"Small gatherings have now been identified as the number one spread of COVID-19. At least 65 percent of all cases come from these settings and sixteen states, including New York, have already limited gatherings to no more than 10 people. While the government's ability to monitor small gatherings is limited, public education on the safety concerns of small gatherings is crucial. Help us spread the word on the danger these gatherings pose."  From the NYS Corona Virus Update.  11/30/20


Children who lost food benefits due to COVID-19 school closures can access meals through the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program. Benefits should have already been issued or will be soon. If your child is eligible but your household has not received a P-EBD card and/or benefit by mid-August, call NYSOTDA at 1-833-452-0096. More details here.

Executive Order 205 regarding travel: Updates to Travel Advisories for the Tri State Area can be found here.

Phase 4 Opening: What does that mean for the CNY Region?: This guide from the NYS Governor's Office has the info in one handy place.

Want to know what regions are open and when go to the Regional Monitoring Dashboard

APRIL 17, 2020 @ 8PM all people in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.

New Yorkers to obtain a marriage license remotely and allowing any authorized officiant to perform ceremonies via video conference. The Executive Order will temporarily suspend a provision of law that requires in-person visits.

New York State has critical shortages of blood for emergencies.  If you are able to donate blood please check here for more information.


Any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law.  This requirement shall be effective Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m.


New York residents who have recovered from Covid 19 are being asked to donate blood.  More information here.

Link to Testing Sites throughout NYS

New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through May 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage. 

New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

FREE meditation is being offered by online company Headspace

Many people are asking how they can help.  Here is a link to the NYS page for assistance.

The First Responders Fund has been created to assist COVID-19 health care workers and first responders with expenses and costs, including child care Donations can be made electronically at https://www.healthresearch.org/donation-form/ or by check sent to Health Research, Inc., 150 Broadway, Suite 560, Menands, NY 12204. Please specify the donation is for "COVID-19 NYS Emergency Response."


April 7, 2020



 March 30, 2020

Any special election which was previously scheduled to occur on April 28, 2020 and rescheduled for June 23, 2020 by virtue of Executive Order 202.12 shall only contain the names of those individuals who had previously been qualified to appear on the ballot on April 28, 2020.  Empire State Development Corporation is authorized to determine which construction projects are essential and exempt from the in-person workforce prohibition in EO 202.6 and additional Executive Orders which reduced the workforce requirements.

March 28, 2020

Any presidential primary to be held on April 28, 2020, shall be postponed and rescheduled for June 23, 2020. This impacts many local and special elections.  Check Executive Orders for guidance.   A non-febrile support person may be present during labor, childbirth and post partum in facilities.

March 27, 2020

Schools will remain closed until April 15, 2020.  Schools will plan for alternative instruction.  During the executive order limiting facility operations and number of persons occupying a space will be considered a violation of the Uniform Code and local building code.  Police and code enforcement officers are authorized to act on such violations to ensure compliance.

March 23, 2020


Hospitals can increase capacity above normal.  Ambulances may transport to facilites other than just hospitals.  Physician and Specialist assistants may provide care without physician oversight.  Nurse Practioners may do so  without a physician collaborator.  Allows students in healthcare programs to volunteer for educational credit.  Allow accredited providers and practicioners from other areas to work in New York without obtaining a NYS credential. 

March 22, 2020

NYS is on PAUSE:  What does this mean?  The Governer's office has put out guidlines to help keep New Yorkers safe using 10 Easy Steps. 

More Here

March 21, 2020

By March 22, 2020 at 8 PM 100% of all non-essential personnel are to be sent home.  Services that require clients and providers to be in contact less than 6 feet will be closed.  Examples of this are barbers, hairdressers, nail design services etc.

Link to essential personnel listing

March 19, 2020

Retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys to close by 8 PM in

New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania

March 16, 2020 @8 pm

all Bars, Theaters and Restaurants in NY, NJ and CT will be closed. 

Restaraunts will be able to provide delivery and take out services

More information https://www.localsyr.com/health/coronavirus/ny-nj-connecticut-to-close-bars-eateries-to-fight-virus/

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